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Unexpected Project

Meet the SeizureGirls

Anne Addison | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Anne Addison

I am ashamed to admit that I struggle to remember everyone's names, to separate the stories, but I feel the weight of their belief in the Unexpected Project, to share their stories and to make a difference for their surviving daughters, sisters, nieces and granddaughters.

My Mother's Gift

Anne Addison | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Anne Addison

When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, the first thought is, "Am I going to die?" When a woman finds out she's pregnant, she doesn't think, "Am I going to die?" It is the furthest thing from her mind.

Why I'm Breaking Up With People Magazine

Anne Addison | Posted 05.04.2014 | Parents
Anne Addison

I know (only from reading People) that Kim Kardashian had a "near-death" experience in childbirth. The last thing she should care about is impressing us with how she got her "body" back, when the truth is -- she never lost it in the first place.

An Open Letter to Kim Kardashian

Anne Addison | Posted 08.21.2013 | Impact
Anne Addison

The point is, while preeclampsia, might be relatively unknown, it isn't choosy; any pregnant woman is at risk. It is the leading cause of maternal and infant death and near-miss globally and in the U.S.A.

How Do You Talk About Maternal Death? Remember the Woman - Share Her Story

Anne Addison | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Anne Addison

In the developing world, distance (from home to care) is one of the three major delays, and even in the USA, it's a factor in some women's maternal death, or near-miss. Aside from actual miles to care, the obvious distances are the ones backed by statistics (poverty, lack of prenatal care, skin color, lifestyle choices); but sometimes, we create distance out of vapor - out of assumptions.

Save a Mother's Life - Talk About Maternal Death And Near-Miss in the USA

Anne Addison | Posted 07.20.2013 | Impact
Anne Addison

Part of the problem in the US is that we simply don't know exactly why women are dying, or even how many are. It is hard to be aware when we don't have a system that tracks these deaths and near-misses in a uniform fashion in all 50 states. Let me state that plainly - many states do not even have "pregnancy-related" on the death certificate. If we don't ask the question, how will we ever know the answer?